George Washington University’s former provost and executive vice president for academic affairs has been named Georgia State University’s new leader, officials announced Thursday.
M. Brian Blake, who served for less than two years as GWU’s highest-ranking academic officer, will be the Atlanta school’s first Black president in its more than 100-year history, according to officials. The computer scientist and software engineer succeeds Mark Becker, who announced in September the end of his 12-year presidency.
“I’m keenly aware of what President Becker and the faculty, staff and students have accomplished, and I am anxious to build on the university’s great momentum,” Blake said in a statement. “Working together, I know we can take our university to new heights in the coming years.”
Blake last week stepped down from his post at GWU after he was named the sole finalist for the Georgia State presidency, GWU President Thomas J. LeBlanc said in an email to the community. LeBlanc said he plans to consult with faculty leaders to identify an interim provost.
“I hope you will join me in thanking Dr. Blake for his service as provost and wishing him well in his future endeavors,” LeBlanc said in the message.
Blake will start his term as president of the 35,000-student Georgia State on Aug. 9, officials said.
The provost’s departure will leave the largest university in the District to fill two of its most senior positions. LeBlanc in May said he will leave the university at the end of the 2021-2022 school year, citing the need for a leader who can plan for a future after the pandemic.
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SOURCE: The Washington Post, Lauren Lumpkin